Welcome! As part of its ongoing mission to document the Art and Production History of Star Trek, this site will present technical articles on Star Trek prop and costume authentication - focusing on The Original Series - with detailed photos and episode screenshots to complement the information presented; as well as feature pictorials to showcase Star Trek memorabilia in private & public collections, present rare Behind The Scenes TOS imagery & discuss other topics.
Gerald Gurian is a 40+ year collector of screen used Star Trek memorabilia and a passionate fan of TOS
- Star Trek TOS At Auction Part I - Gurian Collection Highlights - Greg Jein TOS Hero Type II Phaser
-Authenticating a TOS Communicator -6 Myths About Star Trek Prop Design -Star Trek 3rd Season Command Tunic
- Design Features of TOS Tricorders -Star Trek Props At National Air & Space - TOS Leatherette Tricorder
- TOS Federation Sciences Dress -Desilu Studio TOS Prop Fabrication - Unreleased Allen/Gurian Prop Photos
- The Beautiful Women of TOS Part I -TOS U.S.S. Enterprise 11' Filming Model - Captain Kirk's Chair from TOS
- Spock Ears -TOS Control Panels & Displays - Mr. Spock's Science Station
- TOS Soundstage at Desilu -TOS Shatner Romulan Pants - The Beautiful Women of TOS Pt. II
- TOS Galileo Shuttlecraft -Greg Jein TOS Cage Laser Pistol - TOS 3rd Season Midgrade Type II Phaser
- Dr. McCoy's Sickbay on TOS -TOS Balok Puppet Head - Captain Kirk "Mirror, Mirror" Tunic
- Greg Jein TOS Hero Tricorder -1992 Smithsonian TOS Cast Video - TOS 1st Season Command Tunic
- TOS "Where No Man" Silver Contact Lenses -TOS Special Effects: The Transporter - The Art of Matt Jefferies
- TOS "Space Seed" Gold Mesh Jumpsuit -Gorn Costume from "Arena" - Rare TOS Behind-the-Scenes Videos
- TOS Stunt Type II Phaser -1993 Bill Theiss Estate Auction - TOS Shatner Command Dress Tunic
- TOS Elasian Royal Guard Tunic -TOS Finnegan Silver "Shore Leave" Tunic - TOS Science Officer Tunic "The Cage"
- TOS Shatner Early 1st Season Command Tunic -William Shatner TOS Tunics At Auction - TOS Shatner Late 1st Season Command Tunic

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Julien's June 2015 Hollywood Legends Auction - Star Trek Results

Presented below is the complete set of final prices realized for the 7 lots of Star Trek memorabilia that were offered in the Julien's Hollywood Legends 2015 Auction; which concluded today in a live online bidding session at julienslive.com.

This sale is particularly notable for the presence of 4 extremely rare lots of TOS memorabilia:  Lot 547, which consisted of a massive archive of 193 total production script drafts and 94 story outlines; as well as Lots 548 through 550, which were authentic Original Series Spock, McCoy and Kirk Starfleet tunics.  This may be the first time since the incredible December, 1993 William Ware Theiss Estate Auction held by Butterfield & Butterfield  that a complete set of TOS tunics for "the big three" was available for purchase in a single sale. 

Lot 547, the script archive, realized a final price of $70,400 (which equals a high bid or hammer price of $55,000 plus a 28% buyers premium) and is certainly one of the largest known Original Series production material archives sold at auction to date.  It compares in overall size to the Joan Pearce TOS Archive which consisted of 240 vintage scripts and numerous additional research reports, shooting schedules and story outlines, which sold as Lot 557 in Profiles Hollywood Auction 25 on July 28, 2006 for a final price of $63,250.

Lot 550 in this sale was a William Shatner screen used Captain Kirk tunic; which realized a final price of $57,600 (on a hammer of just $45,000) - a great price for a screen used TOS Shatner, especially considering that a different Shatner velour piece sold for $98,400 in Profiles Hollywood Auction 49 on July 31, 2012.  Today's tunic, Lot 550, was unique in that it was the first Original Series screen used costume that I've observed to contain a handwritten date, specifically, 11/11/1967, inscribed on its interior fabric.  That date is just a couple of days after the 2nd season episode "A Piece of The Action" completed filming on the TOS soundstage; and indeed, this specific costume can be seen worn by William Shatner in the opening scene of this episode, when Kirk is sitting in the Captains Chair on the Enterprise bridge.  The braid at the front cuff on Shatner's left arm is an exact screen match to Lot 550.

Lot 548, the Spock tunic, likely worn by Leonard Nimoy, sold for $42,240 (on a hammer of $33,000) and Lot 549, the McCoy short sleeved medical tunic, likely worn by DeForest Kelley, sold for $18,750 (on a hammer of $15,000).

Below are the hammer as well as final sales prices for all of the Star Trek memorabilia in this historic sale, in addition to the original Julien's catalog item descriptions ...

Monday, June 1, 2015

Propworx May 2015 Star Trek Auction - Final Results

Presented below is the complete set of final prices realized for the 100 lots of Star Trek memorabilia that were offered in the Propworx Star Trek Auction V event; which concluded on Saturday May 30th in a live online bidding session at LiveAuctioneers.com.

Not entirely unexpected was the fact that the highest prices realized in this auction were associated with the group of Starship filming miniatures that were offered as the opening lots of the sale.   Specifically,  Lot 2 - the 12 foot Enterprise D Saucer section model from Star Trek: Generations realized a final price of $29,500 (including an 18% buyers premium); Lot 1 - the Enterprise D Third Nacelle Refit model from the TNG finale "All Good Things"  sold for $11,210 with premium; and Lot 4 - a Star Trek DS9 Klingon Battlecruiser went for $5,015 with premium.

The following values shown are the high bids witnessed on the items and do not include the 18% buyers premium ...